Morton Grove Election Topics

Morton Grove, IL, March 21, 2009 --( In the weeks leading up to the April 7, 2009 Municipal Election in Morton Grove, two major issues affecting all residents have been raised in campaign literature being distributed by the Caucus Party concerning Off-Track Betting (OTB) and Caucus’ affiliations with national political parties. The Action Party of Morton Grove is providing examples from local media sources and the Illinois State Board of Elections website to provide voters with independent sources to research the issues.

A February 24, 2005 Morton Grove Champion article states that “[Then] Trustee Rick Krier, who had opposed the Inter-Track proposal, asked to have off-track facilities removed as a use of property under the village zoning codes.” An article in the June 30, 2005 Champion states that Morton Grove trustees voted 4-3, with Mayor Rick Krier casting the deciding vote, to “prohibit betting facilities in the village.” In a June 30, 2005 posting on the horse racing website, The Blood-Horse, reporter Bob Kieckhefer states that “Krier had led the opposition to an Intertrack Partners OTB”. The Chicago Tribune likewise quoted an OTB opponent in its June 30, 2005 issue, “Not only did they help stop an off-track betting parlor one time, they helped pass an ordinance so it cannot come back.”

The Illinois Board of Elections website show that on February 11, 2009, the Morton Grove Caucus Party accepted a $2,094.37 in-kind contribution for election yard signs from “Citizens for Lou Lang”. Mr. Lang currently represents the 16th District in the Illinois House of Representatives and his district offices are located in Skokie, Illinois. He also serves as the Niles Township Democratic Committeeman. The Board of Elections website, which lists campaign contributions for all political activity in the state, clearly indicates that Lang donated funds to the Morton Grove Caucus Party in 2006, and donations were received from “Citizens for Lou Lang” in 2007. As early as 2003, then-Niles Democratic Committeeman Calvin Sutker donated a sizeable amount to the Morton Grove Caucus Party organization, whose candidates for Mayor (Rick Krier) and Clerk (Carol Fritzshall) are currently employed by the Niles Township government.

The Action Party urges all interested citizens to separate fact from fiction in the upcoming campaign, then cast their ballot on April 7 (early voting at Morton Grove’s Village Hall from March 16 through April 2).

The Action Party, a grassroots Morton Grove-based political party, prides itself in the fact that its members are non-partisan – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – who are dedicated to providing the Village of Morton Grove with experienced, independent, and dedicated leadership.

Look for more information about the Action Party of Morton Grove, its candidates, and the upcoming April 7 election on its website:

Action Party of Morton Grove
Terri Cousar
6749 Dempster Street, #121
Morton Grove, IL 60053